SBUX bucks flap

Red cup runneth over: Starbucks’ sales jumped 9 percent over the holidays, despite online protests that the minimalist red design of the coffee giant’s holiday cups was a declaration of war on Christmas.

Starbucks customers obviously were OK with the cups, but a War on Chai Pumpkin Spice could get very ugly indeed.

Somebody’s got to do it: Data scientist — which involves analyzing data for corporations — is the best job in America, according to a list by a careers website.

The worst job in America is currently being sought by about a dozen people who, in order to be considered for the position, must traipse about Iowa and New Hampshire in the middle of winter while smart alecks jeer at them on Twitter. The successful candidate will spend the next four years essentially under house arrest in Washington, D.C., where they must deal with crushing responsibilities while dedicated foes try to stymie them, and the news media will pounce on every mistake and misjudgment. They will surely be loathed and despised by at least half of Americans.

On the other hand, they do get to fly on a cool private jet.

— Mark Carlson, Herald staff

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